>Legalize it… and everything else.
>Today, a group of house members led by Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced legislation to end the prohibition of marijuana. The bill comes on the heels of a report issued by the Global Commission on Drug Policy branding the “war on drugs” a complete and utter failure, recommending countries adopt policies of decriminalization and legalization. While the bill introduced today is a good first step, it does not go far enough. The devastating effects of the drug war do not stem solely from marijuana – but from prohibition of all drugs. Even if marijuana is legalized, drug cartels will continue to operate with impunity to meet the demands of consumers forced into black markets. Until all drugs are legalized, the negative consequences of the drug war will rage on. Militarized police units, violence on the Mexican-American border, increases in addiction rates, and skyrocketing prison rates (disproportionately effecting minorities) will continue – all thanks to the 40 year abomination we call the “war on drugs.”